Note to self on short-circuiting a GZ meltdown before it starts: Use humour! Use pictures!
He didn’t want to stop playing this afternoon to go to the potty before nummies & naptime. Normally, it would be a screamy melty-showdown beside the potty. But today, I had my trusty $2 giant stick-on whiteboard pasted on the wall of the kitchen.
Script for 3-Act Drama:
- Mommy: “Go make!”
- Little boy: “No!”
That’s it. Deliriously simple… Naomi can even read it herself (and she fixed up the potty picture because it got a bit smudged).
After I drew it, he laughed and laughed, then happily sat down and went in the potty. (he hadn’t gone ALL DAY :-o)
p.s. Our Baby Bjorn Potty is much easier to draw than a Mommy, in case you’re wondering… and much funnier for the boy, in any event!
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